Abrasive



any material or substance used for grinding, polishing, etc., as emery, pumice, or sandpaper.
tending to ; causing ; .
tending to annoy or cause ill will; overly aggressive:
an abrasive personality.
Contemporary Examples

But the fractious, abrasive woman with a passion for animals was never a favorite of Mrs. Gandhi’s.
Gandhi Family Feud Shoma Chaudhury April 11, 2009

He stayed away from the gym for a while and came back transformed, abrasive and rude when he had once been polite and respectful.
Boston Suspects Tamerlan & Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, From Boxing to Bombs Michael Daly April 19, 2013

She accused Schmidt of being ‘abusive,’ ‘abrasive’ and ‘nothing short of a world-class bully.’
Sarah Palin’s Posse Pans ‘Game Change’ Before HBO Movie Airs Howard Kurtz February 26, 2012

The sound of the record, meanwhile, is ideal: not too smooth, not too abrasive.
The Band’s ‘Rock of Ages’ Is the Greatest Live Album Ever Andrew Romano October 13, 2013

In her newest EP Love Your Boyfriend, she takes the messaging of love songs and places it in an abrasive, sonic package.
From Church of Christ to Pansexual Rapper Tyler Gillespie November 27, 2014

Historical Examples

The surface to be ground is moistened with water and dusted over with a little of the abrasive.
Laboratory Manual of Glass-Blowing Francis C. Frary

Feldspar as an abrasive is used mainly in scouring soaps and window-wash.
The Economic Aspect of Geology C. K. Leith

Branches seem to be quite as cramping and abrasive under the equator as in the temperate zones.
The Land of Footprints Stewart Edward White

It has an extensive use as an abrasive for grinding and polishing.
Beacon Lights of History, Volume XIV John Lord

Corundum as an abrasive is the mineral of this name—made up of anhydrous aluminum oxide.
The Economic Aspect of Geology C. K. Leith

noun
a substance or material such as sandpaper, pumice, or emery, used for cleaning, grinding, smoothing, or polishing
adjective
causing abrasion; grating; rough
irritating in manner or personality; causing tension or annoyance
n.

“an abrasive substance,” 1853, from abrasive (adj.).
adj.

1805, from Latin abras-, past participle stem of abradere (see abrasion) + -ive. Figurative sense of “tending to provoke anger” is first recorded 1925. Related: Abrasively; abrasiveness.

abrasive a·bra·sive (ə-brā’sĭv, -zĭv)
adj.
Causing abrasion. n.
A material used to produce abrasion.

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